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2:00 pm

Wordplay Festival: West x Midwest Present Alison Bechdel in Conversation with Cheryl Strayed

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online, N/A
Portland, OR 97207
Free

Join The Loft’s virtual Wordplay Festival for a conversation between Alison Bechdel and Cheryl Strayed about Bechdel’s new graphic memoir, The Secret to Superhuman Strength. The long and complicated history of workout crazes in the US—from the Thighmaster, to Nordictrack, to Peloton and Soul Cycle—have created a culture that chases fads over facts. And Alison Bechdel, iconic, award-winning graphic memoirst, has not been immune to the promises. But in her quest for superhuman strength, Bechdel’s journey leads her to another muscle: the heart. And then turns towards the ultimate flex: letting her brain guide her. Join her and fellow soul-seeker Cheryl Strayed as they discuss Bechdel’s latest graphic memoir. In partnership with Literary Arts (Portland, OR), The Loft (Minneapolis, MN), Black Mountain Institute (Las Vegas, NV),…

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5:00 pm

Larissa Pham in Conversation With Mary H.K. Choi

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online, N/A
Portland, OR 97207
Free

Like a song that feels written just for you, Larissa Pham’s debut work of nonfiction captures the imagination and refuses to let go. Pop Song (Catapult) is a book about love and about falling in love — with a place, or a painting, or a person — and the joy and terror inherent in the experience of that love. Plumbing the well of culture for clues and patterns about love and loss — from Agnes Martin’s abstract paintings to James Turrell’s transcendent light works, and Anne Carson’s Eros the Bittersweet to Frank Ocean’s Blonde — Pham writes of her youthful attempts to find meaning in travel, sex, drugs, and art, before sensing that she might need to turn her gaze upon herself. Pop Song is…

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6:00 pm

Rooted with Mindy Nettiffe: A Four Week Poetry Workshop

May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online, N/A
Portland, OR 97207
$150

Three weeks of live Thursday evening lecture, discussion, and guided writing time on May 6, 13, and 20. June 3rd will host a class reading! About this Event About the Author: Mindy Nettifee, PhD is a poet, artist educator, depth psychology researcher, and somatic practitioner. She is the author of three full-length collections of poems - Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide), Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody ), and Open Your Mouth Like a Bell (Write Bloody) - and the how-to book on writing poetry, Glitter In The Blood (Write Bloody). Her latest work is her doctoral dissertation research Voice as Embodied Sense: Rethinking Voice and Language in Trauma Healing (ProQuest). She is a three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a Powell's Books Indie…

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7:00 pm

Coffee Talk #22

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online, N/A
Portland, OR 97207
Free

Come hear 5 wonderful writers read their hearts on subjects around grief. The online reading will be around 1 hour long on zoom. Come listen. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87892128304?pwd=RGtiT3JiRGJNUU9FRmxrTFJiaHBMdz09 Meeting ID: 878 9212 8304 Passcode: 413895

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